The Oil and Gas Industry Want it All and they'll get it, only if we let them.
Years ago I mentioned that there were as many as sixteen 'known shale layers' beneath the Marcellus that were potentially 'rich with oil' and that is what the industry was really going after.
Among the known deep shale plays not mentioned in this article are: the Tennessee, the Matata, the Heron, the Horizon, the South Beach, and the Devonian.
One industry operator candidly told me that eventually they are planning on drilling down into shale layers as deep as 43,000 feet!
Now the oil and gas industry is aiming at going after twelve of them, and the PA/SEP is already issuing permits for about 900 new wells.
This industry, with the co-operation of our corrupt legislature - [*now ranked the fifth most corrupt state legislature in the US,] will turn all of Pennsylvania into a third-world fossil fuel extraction colony.
If the citizens of Pennsylvania do not find the courage and conviction to rise up en mass to stop this industrial insanity now, we will be left with only two options: 1) Adapt to living in a toxic, polluted, industrial extraction colony, or 2) move away.
Once again, I'd like to pose the question to those who think this can be effectively managed/regulated - "Where is the regulatory model to support that thinking?"
The time for half-measure, negotiations, and political solutions is past.
*This article that first appeared in the Times-Tribune Scranton, PA was in the latest Shale Play Media online publication.